5 Neat Things a Dog Will Bring Into Your Life


Are you more of a dog person or a cat person?

Me?  I can’t choose… I like them both!

Earlier in my childhood, we had a variety of pets, including dogs, but after the age of 10, we’ve really only had cats.  I enjoy cats because they are low-maintenance, elegant, and very loving animals with a complex charm.  So… I guess I would say that I have become more used to having cats around.

Until this year, that is.

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you might remember my brother’s dog, Carlita.  You can read more about her on my first (and so far, only) Scribble Share.

My brother and his family went to live in France for the year, and they left Carlita with my mom.  Recently, my mom went to visit them in France for a month, so she left the dog with us (me, my son, and my husband).  When my mom returned to Canada, she injured her foot while working in the yard (Fortunately, nothing serious), which meant that she couldn’t walk the dog for most of last week.  So, Carlita stayed with us again until my mom’s foot started to heal.

Having a dog as a pet, albeit temporarily, has been a bit of a novelty for us.  They are a big commitment, almost like another baby!  But it is easy to see why people think of dogs as Man’s Best Friend.

This sweet little Carlita has helped me see some of the neat things that a dog brings into your life, aside from the obvious unconditional love, and loads of fun!


Some of the neat things that a dog brings into your life:

1) A chance to be exuberantly joyful on a daily basis.

Every time I would get home, I would be greeted by the unrestrained joy that Carlita felt at our reunion. Of course, I would join in her excitement, laughing and talking to her in that silly voice that we naturally reserve for babies and cute animals.  Really, though – When else does one get to be that excited about anything, let alone something so ordinary as walking through the front door?

How wonderful that every arrival became an excuse to express unabashed joy!

2) An example of how to be totally in the moment.

One day when I got home from work, I took Carlita for a walk.  I’m usually pretty mindful of the beauty around me as I walk through the park, but on this day I was preoccupied with work, and my thoughts were far away, worrying about deadlines, decisions, and interactions with colleagues.  I was starting to get a headache. That’s when I looked at Carlita and really noticed how, as we walked, she had her nose buried in the thick, green grass.  At that moment, the grass was her world, the reality in which she was completely immersed.  I bet she wasn’t worried about whether I would give her that new canned dog food which she doesn’t like for supper, or which direction we would walk on our next outing.  No, she was just smelling that grass, giving all of her attention to the lush green blades that beckoned.

Yup. Dogs really know how to be in the moment.  Looking at her that afternoon, I took a deep breath, and remembered to pay more attention to the gorgeous, bright day around me.  We have a lot to think about as humans, and learning to take a break by being “in the moment” can be simpler than we make it. Dogs have it licked.

In fact, today when I got home from work, I went for a walk (no dog this time, she is happily back with my mom). I took a page from the book of Carlita.

I looked up at the trees, and focused my attention on the physical world around me. I noticed the shapes, and textures of the trees; the colour of the sky against the miriad of greens; the sound of birds echoing above. I noticed the sensation of the breeze against me, and the drifting fragrance of the flowers.

And I felt relaxed, joyful, and better prepared to take on the rest of the week.

3)  A dog encourages you to get outside and walk.

This is especially true with Carlita, who simply will not pee in the yard.  (I don’t know why! I certainly wished that she would, late on Friday nights). She is a dog that needs to be walked, several times a day. Sometimes long walks, sometimes short, but walking became an obligatory part of my day, every day.

4)  The vitality of a new perspective.  

This relates to the previous point.  With a dog around, I had to walk at times of the day when I normally wouldn’t. Like first thing in the morning, before heading to work.  These morning walks were not long, just a couple of blocks, but instantaneously de-stressed me.  To step outside and move a bit, smell the fresh morning air, and listen to all of the birds chirping their lovely melodies was remarkably relaxing.  And it only took a few minutes.

I also had moments of bliss walking Carlita early on Saturday mornings, when I would normally be sitting on the couch, drinking a coffee. One morning, it had rained, so the bark of the trees was dark, a deep contrast to the rich, green leaves.  The wood chips on the path looked exceptionally reddish, and the air felt soft and fresh. If it hadn’t been because of Carlita, I would have missed the joy of walking in the park on that drizzly Saturday morning.

Sure, I have taken morning walks in the past, and I used to jog in the mornings.  But now days I tend to reserve my walks for the afternoon.  It was revitalizing to change up my routine, and head out for walks when I normally wouldn’t.

5) And let’s face it, dogs sure know how to relax after a good walk!






Oh Carlita, that funny, sweet little dog! (Ps. My husband took these yawning pictures.  They made me chuckle!)

A dog can teach us a thing or two about living well, and I’m not too proud to learn!

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Carina Spring

Hi! So glad you stopped by my little blog, where I joyfully embrace creativity. Here, at Home... hurrah!, I celebrate the beauty and depth of everyday moments, explore what life has to teach us, and share some of the interesting things I see and learn along the way. Thanks for the visit!

43 thoughts on “5 Neat Things a Dog Will Bring Into Your Life”

  1. Hi Carina 🙂
    Can I re-blog this, with a link to your site?
    We’re having a sunny September in Norfolk, England. I hope you’re blessed with lovely weather too.
    Faith and Oscar Dandelion (+ co.) Xo

    1. Thanks, Cynthia! I laughed when I noticed that my husband had taken those ‘yawning pictures’. My mom got Carlita’s hair cut short for the summer, and she looks like a different dog. Lol. Take care. 🙂

  2. Aw, she’s so cute. I grew up with cats (mostly they adopted us) but after I got married have only lived with dogs. We’ve had three (have written a post on all of them in my blog) and I can’t imagine my life without one now! They really do bring so much joy.

    1. Hello Miriam! I will have to read about your dogs on your blog – I loved reading about your temporary pet lamb! Thank you for stopping by and sharing a comment. 🙂

  3. I really enjoyed reading about your adventures with your loan dog. Dogs are certainly a great excuse to get outside and they are so joyful. I love all animals but dogs hold a special place in my heart. Thank you for sharing this post.

  4. I really enjoyed this post! Carlita is so sweet, and it’s great that you had this opportunity. I can say from experience that having a dog is wonderful, and they really do teach us a lot about the simple things in life. Looking forward to more!

    1. Hello Rosie. Oh, I am sorry to hear that you’ve never been able to have a dog. But, you are so right that many different types of animals can bring joy. My son loves fishes (I’ve posted about this in the past). I remember a boy who had pet mice when I was in grade 6. One day, he brought one of them to school! The little mouse was so cute.:-) ps: To keep Carlita’s fur tangle free, webrudh it regularly and keep it trimmed. Her hair actually gets very long! (More so than in the picture.). Thanks for stopping by!

    1. Hi Cynthia! I am glad that you enjoyed the post. 🙂 Carlita was a rescue dog from the Humane Society, so we are not sure what her breed mix is, but we suspect there is some terrier in her. Thanks for the visit, and take care.

  5. The “dog business” is worth billions I suspect. People love their canines. I’m like you. I love both cats and dogs, but cats are more independent. My cat Mangy comes around for food mainly. He does like an occasional pet on his back. Griselda the dog is all in for playing, walking, loving, and just being close. She gets groomed, and fed cat food. Yes, she isn’t all dog is she??? Love is all there is for most animals, and that’s why we the people love them. They teach us about being connected.

    1. Hello! So true – Love is what it’s all about with pets…a loving connection. As I used to say about our cat, Roxi (who has sadly passed away), “She lives for love”. She really, really did, it was all she really wanted, to be loved. (Sniffle). With cats, though, it varies more… The thing about dogs is that they crave companionship, they need to be part of the pack. Thanks for the visit and comment! 🙂

    1. Hi Faith! Sorry I missed the message, it had gone to spam for some reason. I agree, they make us better people. I know how you love dogs… Oscar even inspired a book character! (Ps My oldest bother is called Oscar!) 🙂 Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate the comment.

      1. Oscar is a brilliant name 🙂
        I named my little dog Oscar after Oscar Wilde, of whom I’m a big fan.
        Have a lovely weekend Carina

        1. Yes, both my brother and grandfather were named Oscar, so I am a fan of the name. 🙂 That is interesting that you named your dog after Oscar Wilde – ps. I also enjoy his work. 🙂

  6. I love the name Carlita! i have been thinking about getting a dog for the kids, but it is a lot of responsibility (and some cleaning). I think I will wait until they get older so they can help me with it. They are such a nice addition to the family.

    1. Hola Mila. Dogs are such a nice addition to the family, but good point – I can see where waiting till the boys are older is a wise idea. I bet they (and you, too!) will enjoy the dog more if they can help and participate in the care. Thanks for the visit. 🙂

      1. I got them one at a time. They’re all little but different breeds – shih-tzus, yorkie, etc. They get along very well, although the oldest and youngest need their space. They’re the happiest little wolf pack you’ll ever see. Yes, we have tonnes of fun. They’re the light of my days and I get a lot of kisses.

        1. Fun. I like that ~ they add light to your days. 🙂 Pets… no matter the kind of day we’ve had, they can bring comfort, laughter, and light. Thanks for satisfying my curiosity, Jay!

  7. What a delightful dog Clarita is!! I am happy you have such a wonderful time with her. You know all about my yodeling about Charley: she is indeed a veryveryvery special friend who bring me in her own way so much happiness, joy and health. You acknowledge that dogs need a lot of commitment (and they are worth it) that makes you a good dog person and in my mind a good person all over xoxox Johanna

    1. Aw Thank you, Johanna! Yes, dogs really are worth the trouble and they do bring so much joy and affection into one’s life! These things help us feel healthier (plus the walking of course!) and happier. Pets are part of the family! I love seeing the pictures of your sweet Charley, always looking so regal and thoughtful on your blog. Thanks for commenting. Enjoy the weekend. Xoxo

      1. Oh Carina. I love this post. So much fun that little Carlita is. We don’t have a dog here because we have some pretty significant dog allergies, but the kids beg for one. (Even the kids who are allergic!) I know there are hypoallergenic dogs but I believe they are pretty pricey. Carlita is definitely her own little personality, quirks included, and I love how she helps us all see life through a different lens. Through Carlita’s Looking Glass. Ha ha. I just couldn’t resist that one. I don’t know how you let her go back to your mom’s. She’s just an adorable little fur ball. Hope you have a great weekend my friend! You know what I’m up to. XO

        1. Hi Allie! Haha… I like that, Carlita’s Looking Glass. 🙂 Too bad about the allergies, though that is pretty cute that the ones with the allergies are still asking for a dog! I must say that Carlita adapts well, she seems to have accepted all of us as part of her family, and she’s happy go lucky. Thanks for the visit! Xo

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